Following a confrontation outside a Louisiana convenience store in the early morning hours Tuesday, a black man was shot and killed by police, sparking protests in the Baton Rouge community.
37-year-old Alton Sterling died from multiple gunshot wounds after an altercation with law enforcement, who received calls that, “a man selling selling music CDs and wearing a red shirt threatened,” someone with a gun.
Both officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which the police department identifies as standard policy.
According to ABC News:
The store’s owner, Abdul Muflahi, told WAFB-TV that the first officer used a Taser on Sterling and the second officer tackled the man. Muflahi said as Sterling fought to get the officer off of him, the first officer shot him “four to six times.”
The owner said Sterling did not have a gun in his hand at the time but he saw officers remove a gun from Sterling’s pocket after the shooting.
Protests were sparked late in the day and into the night Tuesday, as hundreds gathered outside the store where the shooting took place:
Cars now blocking the street and intersection. People jumping on cars and a semi. pic.twitter.com/gaucLfKwas
— Brittany Weiss WBRZ (@MsBWeiss) July 6, 2016
An extremely graphic video circulating online purportedly shows the moments leading up to — and including — the shooting, where a black suspect can be seen being taken down by police followed by gunshots.
WARNING: This video is extremely graphic and may be inappropriate for some users:
This story is developing and we will update accordingly.